While there are many different qualities that a colorist brings to a comic book, one of the most beneficial and subtle effects is the effect a good colorist can have on the line art, shaping a good artist into a great artist and a great artist's work into something transcendent. Unless you're consistently comparing the black & white original pages to the finished color versions, it can occasionally be difficult to accurately assess what a colorist is really doing to change the work.
Thankfully, Nathan Fairbairn is not only one of the best collaborators in the comics industry, he also dedicates time to showing the color theory and thinking that goes into his process on his Tumblr; an indispensible resource for anyone interested in learning more about colorists and comics coloring.
The Marvel Comics line is about mid-way through its giant line-wide crossover event Secret Wars, in which reality has been rewritten by god-emperor Doom, and the heroes have been re-imagined more than a dozen times over in different domains paying tribute to stories from throughout Marvel's publishing history.
One of those domains is a version of House of M, another reality-rewriting crossover event that cast the Marvel heroes in different roles, which ran ten years ago. House of M launched the current era of Marvel events, kicking off a steady steam of universe-shaking storylines that continues into Secret Wars. To mark the tenth anniversary of House of M, and ten years of event-driven storytelling, we're asking you to determine which of these events was the very best.
In the early '90s Marvel launched a UK imprint under editor Paul Neary; books featuring sci-fi-tinged heroes and anti-heroes like Motormouth, Dark Angel and the Knights of Pendragon. The line was short-lived because of the publisher's financial woes at the time, but many of the characters are still fondly remembered.
Now they're making a comeback. As announced at yesterday's Cup O'Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con, writers Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill are launching a new series, Revolutionary War, which reintroduces the characters from Marvel UK. We talked to Lanning to find out what to expect.
DC Comics' digital first Adventures of Superman offers exactly what many readers have been asking for: a cast of great creators, free of continuity constraints, telling fun stories about the Man of Steel and the characters around him. So far talent like Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Chris Samnee and Riley Rossmo have created tales featuring Superman, Bizarro, Brainiac, and more, and in the upcoming tenth chapter, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning get their turn. Featuring art from Wes Craig and Craig Yeung, Adventures of Superman Chapter 10 shows a day in the life of Lex Luthor, which entails, among other things, Luthor doing exactly what you'd expect: making notes on his list of ways to kill Superman.
DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of Adventures of Superman Chapter 10, which you can check out after the cut.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 hits stores today, a new series by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven that hopes to boost the profile of Marvel's space-faring super-team ahead of next summer's movie release, so that when your non-comics friends ask you, "Who are these Guardians of the Galaxy?", you don't answer, "the who-dians of the what-now?"
But... who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? They're actually talking owls from a series of fantasy novels about... no, sorry, my editor is telling me that is not correct. Let's see... the series tells the story of Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Sandman and... no, I'm getting another note here, hang on... A talking raccoon and a tree? That can't be right.
If you're feeling a little confused, don't panic! ComicsAlliance is here to tell you everything you need to know about the Gladiators of the Gridiron! And then some.
Dynamite Entertainment got really real last weekend at New York Comic-Con, coming out swinging with numerous new projects from an impressive roster of mainstream creators who've been given free rein on brand new series...
British comics writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have earned themselves a loyal following of superhero fans for their prodigious work on team books for Marvel and DC Comics, particularly those taking place in the more specifically "science fictiony" corners of those publishing lines
Marvel announced Exiled, its upcoming five-part, weekly-shipping crossover story spanning Asgard and Earth during a live-blog PR event on Monday. Following the Exiled #1 in May, two issues apiece of New Mutants and Journey Into Mystery will be devoted to the multi-realm storyline...
Normally, ComicsAlliance Senior Writer Chris Sims answers comics and comics culture questions from our readers every week, but as Halloween approaches, things are about to get terrifying! This month, Chris answers your spoooooooky questions...
Flashpoint is DC Comics' summer event of 2011 that promises to change the DC Universe unrecognizably until the event's climactic finale, when the DC Universe will instead be left changed somewhat recognizably...
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